Last semester’s course evaluations are in and I thought I’d post some of the highlights. As is the case every semester, students reported that they were overworked but that — by and large — they enjoyed themselves. And, as in previous semesters, every time one student made a suggestion for improvement, three or four students said the exact opposite:
- "The warnings I received from past students accurately described the professor so I was not surprised!"
- "Good use of humor, but a little heavy on the sarcasm."
- "Lectures really clarified the sometimes mind-bogglingly complicated texts."
- "Kohen is hilarious, extremely knowledgeable and doesn’t take any crap."
- "Other than the fact I probably am not going to pass, I like everything about this course."
- "I think it should be cross-listed as a philosophy class."
- "Has a very high opinion of himself and his personal beliefs."
- "I always appreciate the way he can take on the philosophy of whomever we are studying at the time in order to give us a clear picture of their work."
- "I expected a little more relevance to general international relations and comparative politics."
- "Gives really good examples of different applications of the theory texts to modern day events."
Of course, modesty required that I leave out all the ones that said I was brilliant, charming, and not-at-all tough on the eyes. But, then, see #7 again.